Life

When It’s Not An Accident: Self-Injury Awareness Day

February 27, 2014, by

I recently received an email informing me that Saturday, March 1, is Self Injury Awareness Day. Never having heard of such a thing, I took to the interwebs and learned that, sure enough, it is in fact a thing. I’m sorry that such a day is necessary but it is, so perhaps we should take

Ask Aviva: Bugged Out and Antsy

February 12, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I have an embarrassing problem. I am really, really scared of bugs.   I’m not just a little scared. When I see a bug I panic and shut down. I think part of it may be that I am afraid of becoming infested since then I might have to use chemicals to get

The Self-Destruction Button (part II)

February 5, 2014, by

In part one of this article, we spoke about Sarah, our 55 year old with borderline medical issues who is overweight.  She repeatedly sabotages her progress, even though she is fully aware that her health will be better if she complies and that she will feel better too.  We mentioned the stages of change- precontemplation,

I’m Digitally Distracted

November 19, 2013, by

We’ve all been there. You are at a Chassidic concert, the singer and orchestra are singing a beautiful song lifting your Neshoma to new heights, and then all of a sudden, you hear a loud, disruptive ring coming from the pocket of the man sitting three rows in front of you.  Your moment is ruined! Perhaps you are in the

Feeling Down, Anxious or Irritable? Try These 3 Tools

November 14, 2013, by

When was the last time you felt really good, happy and content? Many of us experience periods of emotional distress. The three tools of gratitude, acceptance and self-compassion can help us bring more peace and joy into our lives. (1) Gratitude According to research, being grateful increases our happiness. Begin your day expressing appreciation to

How Maimonides Dealt with Stress & Anxiety

July 22, 2013, by

Maimonides intrigued many in the medical field with his concept of a ‘healthy mind in a healthy body’. He detailed his medical knowledge with psychological and nutritional insights, and herbal prescriptions for stress and anxiety.

The Stress-Exercise Connection: How Does This Work?

July 8, 2013, by

There is no shortage of stressors in our daily lives.  Between health, chinuch, shalom bayis, finances, and more it can be tough to stay at a relaxed level.  Sometimes when things are stressful, we go for a walk, jog or swim and come back feeling calm and better equipped to deal with the issues at

It Pays To Be Positive

May 28, 2013, by

A healthy diet and workout regimen are good for your health but have you taken time to have a positive outlook on life? The work you do on your attitude can be just as important as the work you do on your heart.